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Assam MLA shot dead

By Barun Das Gupta

GUWAHATI, AUG. 21. Mr. Mohini Basumatary, the People's Democratic Front MLA from Bijni in Assam's Bongaigaon district, was shot dead by the ultras of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) at his residence on the outskirts of Bijni today.

PTI reports:

The assailants came in two vehicles, one of them belonging to the MLA. They followed Basumatary, who fled to the backyard, before shooting him from close range and escaped, witnesses said. Police believed the incident may be a fall-out of the plan by the NDFB to eliminate people supporting the cause of unification of various Bodo groups for their political struggle to achieve a separate Bodoland state.

Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) president Bineswar Brahma, who was killed by NDFB ultras on Saturday in the city here, was also in favour of Bodo unification, police said.

Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta cut short his visit to Delhi and was rushing to the State capital to review the law and order situation arising out of the killing.

PDF general secretary Gangadhar ramchiary condemned the incident and said killing of Basumatary, who was elected to the Assembly in 1997, would not solve the cause of the Bodos.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has directed the police and para military forces to provide complete security cover to those under threat by militants.

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